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where were men baling out boats which had been half-
filled by last nights rain, and some swimmers.    Alf
took a bath, not in the bath, but from it, in the
deep water, but t was too cold to tempt Hayes or
myself.    From thence to Ballou s building in Winter
Street, where both Waud and Hayes have offices   Alf
a spacious, dusty back room, with the usual artistic
medley of articles and a piano in it. (Damoreau
occupies the adjoining room.)   Here I wrote a letter,
and the morning wearing on, we returned to our boarding-
house dinner, having agreed with Hayes to devote the
afternoon to a walk.       All four ( Mrs Waud  accom-
panying us, by car to Roxbury, thence into the country,
along green lanes, skirting heights &c and so to
Parks or Parker s hill, from whence we had a pretty
view of Boston.      Much of the time  Mary  walked
with me.     Her complexion is very fair, (as is not un-
commonly the case with red-haired people) her hair of
the color always assigned by painters to the Madonna  
a beautiful reddish auburn, her form plump and fault-
lessly proportioned.   I should think she d expand con-
siderably as she grows older.      Her eyes are blue, but
very light in tint, and look shallow.            She is good-
natured, pettish, spoilt-childish.    She imitates people s
phrases, quotes Waud s expressions, fondles him before
others, and evidently is as fond of him as her calibre
of mind will permit of.          I ve seen her tear up a pa-
per he was looking at because he didn t answer her
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and twenty
Description:Describes a visit to Alf Waud and Mary in Boston.
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes (engraver); Jewell, Mary (Waud); Travel; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Boston, Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Winter Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.